It was so exciting to learn yesterday from the ever-on-top-of-things Real Estalker that the great Mid-Century estate at 1100 Bel-Air Road has come up for sale not only because it was the longtime base of the legendary Art Linkletter, but also because it was designed by Philmer J. Ellerbroek, an architect whose work I really enjoy. There is a freshness and excitement in his designs that make them a cut above many other such homes of the same era and I always love seeing new works by this talented yet largely unsung designer. The majority of Ellerbroek’s work was done in the South Bay, but he did, as seen here, design houses all over the Southland from Bel-Air to San Bernardino and his work was always top-notch. And he did have some fans in Hollywood too including Ray Milland, Van Heflin and, as I find out, Art Linkletter too.
When I first discovered Ellerbroek I went on a quest to try to find whatever commissions he did and pulled together a post illustrating some of them, which you can find here.
1100 Bel-Air Road, which was originally built in 1956 for Joseph C. Schumacher, an executive of the American Potash and Chemical Company, and his family, became the base of Art Linkletter starting in 1971 and remained his residence over the next decades. It should also be of interest to know that the award-winning Robert Herrick Carter A.I.L.A. was the genius behind the lush landscaping of the 4.6 acre site, which over the decades has filled in and matured beautifully.
Here are some “Then” photos from 1958 and some “Now” photos from well…now, for your enjoyment. Too bad there aren’t any modern interior shots to compare with, but we can imagine, especially after a few of Darren and Sam’s martinis.
This grand residence is for sale for $10,250,000 and is listed through Joyce Rey @ Coldwell Banker. Her listing can be found here. With 4.6 acres of prime Bel-Air land there is serious worry over the future of this house. Buy it and preserve it please!